IMC 2013: Sessions

Session 634: The Tournament in Late Medieval Europe, II

Tuesday 2 July 2013, 11.15-12.45

Sponsor:Center for Medieval Studies, Universiteit van Amsterdam
Organiser:Mario Damen, Capaciteitsgroep Geschiedenis, Universiteit van Amsterdam
Moderator/Chair:Torsten Hiltmann, Historisches Seminar, Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster
Paper 634-aThe Tournament Culture of the Lower Nobility in the 15th-Century Holy Roman Empire
(Language: English)
Nils Bock, Historisches Seminar, Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster
Index terms: Heraldry, Military History, Politics and Diplomacy, Social History
Paper 634-bThe Town and the Tournament: Urban Aspects of Tournament Culture in the Late Medieval Low Countries
(Language: English)
Mario Damen, Capaciteitsgroep Geschiedenis, Universiteit van Amsterdam
Index terms: Heraldry, Military History, Politics and Diplomacy, Social History
Paper 634-cTournaments and War: Jousts and Feats of Arms in John Froissart's Chroniques
(Language: English)
Karen Watts, Royal Armouries, Leeds / Institute for Medieval Studies, University of Leeds
Index terms: Language and Literature - Comparative, Language and Literature - French or Occitan, Military History
Abstract

In these sessions the social aspects of tournament culture in late medieval society will be explored. Towards the end of the Middle Ages, the tournament became a more formalized, ritualized, and exclusively aristocratic event. Many historians have already pointed at this tendency towards ‘greater exclusiveness’, especially in the Low Countries. But is this true for all European countries? And what effects did the ‘aristocratisation’ of the tournament have on the tournament forms and on the way the tournament functioned as a platform of exchange between the princely household and the noble and urban elites?